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bePRO motor-taxi helmet, 2009–11

This is a Project. It was graphic design by Ivan Bargiye and designed by Design without Borders and the design director was Vanja Steinbru and collaborator: Richiencoy Services Ltd., Injury Control Center - Uganda, Makerere University, Technology Development and Transfer Centre and Norsk Form Foundation for Design and Architecture. It is dated 2009–11. Its medium is polyamide (nylon).

In Uganda, boda boda is the term for the accident-prone motorcycle taxis available throughout the country, and, while motorcycle-helmet use is mandatory by law, only half of drivers wear them. Certified helmets are expensive; they cover the ears, impeding drivers from hearing potential customers; and sharing raises hygienic issues. Industrial designer Vanja Steinbru, with other Norway-based Design Without Borders designers, developed a new helmet aimed to reduce injuries for boda boda riders. The bePRO helmet design includes integrated ventilation, holes for hearing, durable closures, a hairnet worn under-helmet, and exterior graphics by urban artists.

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